Sanguinaria canadensis

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Bloodroot, Canada Puccoon, Bloodwort, Redroot, Red Puccoon, Pauson, Tetterwort
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: February - April
    Status: Native

Sanguinaria canadensis, or Bloodroot, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in open woods, as well as woodland edges. It blooms in very early spring, one of the first to bloom. Its flowers, while beautiful, are very fragile and they often don't last longer than a day or two - rain and wind tend to destroy them quickly and make the petals fall off.

This is the only species in its genus, and it is quite unique. It can easily be distinguished by its early bloom time, its large white flowers with fragile petals, its stems that are full of orange sap, and its strange leaves with multiple lobes. The flower is very similar to Jeffersonia diphylla, but the two can be easily distinguished by their leaves.

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